THE THEATRE ARTS MAJOR CURRICULUM:
Theatre Arts Major
The Theatre Arts major is designed to provide students with a broad-based education in theatre. The major consists of thirteen courses—seven required classes and six electives—and one production practicum.
To declare the Theatre Arts major, contact Theatre Arts Program Director, Dr. Marcia Ferguson.
1. Theatre Arts 101. Theatre, History, Culture I (Classical Greece to European Enlightenment).
2. Theatre Arts 102. Theatre, History, Culture II (Romantics, Realists and Revolutionaries).
3. Theatre Arts 120. Introduction to Acting.
4. Theatre Arts 121. Introduction to Directing.
5. Theatre Arts 125. The Play: Structure, Style, Meaning.
6. Theatre Arts 130. Introduction to Stage Design.
7. Theatre Arts “Advanced Topics.” One Seminar drawn from the Theatre Arts 270-279 series.
Students may fulfill the remaining six course requirements with any Theatre Arts elective. These may be classes offered directly by the Theatre Arts Program; they might also be classes offered by other departments or programs, such as English, Cinema Studies, Classical Studies, Gender and Society, etc., if explicitly cross-listed with the designation “THAR” (for Theatre Arts).
Theatre Arts 350, Rehearsal and Performance, is a special class that consists of participation in a faculty-directed production. Students may enroll as actors, directors, designers, or dramaturgs (enrollment is by audition or permission). Theatre Arts 350 may be taken more than once to fulfill elective credits. If a student is invited to undertake a Senior Honors Thesis, the thesis will be registered as Theatre Arts 299, an independent study elective.
Each major will be required to work on one Theatre Arts production to complete the Theatre Arts major. This requirement does not bear a credit and is in addition to the fourteen classes; the practicum is also separate from any production work that might be required for other classes, including Theatre Arts 130 and Theatre Arts 350. (Working on a production for THAR 130 or THAR 350 does not fulfill the practicum requirement for the major.) Students may register for the practicum by contacting the Theatre Arts Creative Coordinator, Cat Johnson.